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Friday, April 24, 2020

For recreational boaters who are staying off the water during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s certainly more free time during what should be the busy spring launch season. So if boaters can’t get to their boats, what are they to do? Here are eight ways from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) to keep

tags: Coupons & Discounts, COVID-19, Education, Service & Repair, Spring Commissioning, Boating 101

Friday, April 17, 2020

Last spring, my boat sank. Right at the dock, within hours of launching for the season. It wasn’t mine at the time, but I’m the proud owner of a salvaged Sea Chaser deck boat into which I have sunk (sorry…) hours of time and effort to make it seaworthy in time for the 2020 boating season. It’s PO (previous

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Spring Commissioning

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Sailors have dirty little secrets when it comes to spring commissioning and it has nothing to do with go-fast techniques or advanced rig tuning. Instead, it has to do with the excessive environmental impacts of our spring commissioning projects. Yes, I’m as guilty as every other paint stained boat owner of ignoring my toxic sins

by: Ken Quant

tags: Environmental Impact, Spring Commissioning

Thursday, March 26, 2020

After visiting the winter boat shows, we have seen the latest products and equipment that we want for our boating season. In spring, timing becomes very important if we are to realize these improvements. To ensure they are not lost as unrealized dreams, we must make them goals. After all, a goal is just a dream with a

tags: Boating 101, Spring Commissioning

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Download a PDF and print your copy of this checklist Getting the boat ready for the summer boating season is an exciting time for America’s nearly 12 million recreational boaters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right, along with a new

by: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)

tags: Boating 101, Spring Commissioning

Thursday, May 9, 2019

With recreational boats now waking up from their long winter’s nap and their protective shrink wrap covers coming off prior to spring launch, a new video from the Ohio Clean Marinas Program shows boaters everywhere how to prepare boat shrink wrap for recycling in six easy steps. Essentially plastic, shrink wrap is an effective

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Environmental Impact, Spring Commissioning

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Boatyards, marinas and clubs are waking up after a long winter’s nap, and boaters have begun preparing their vessels for the season. While the boat needs to be looked at and readied for a summer of fun, so does your safety. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water says that doing these four free or low-cost

tags: Safety, Spring Commissioning

Friday, March 29, 2019

Committed to helping shrink wrap users recycle their wrap, Dr. Shrink announces their 10th Annual Recycling Run Program in partnership with Bay Area Recycling for Charities of Traverse City, Michigan. This program offers an environmentally friendly option to all Michigan boat storage facilities, marinas, and boat owners, asking them

tags: Environmental Impact, Spring Commissioning

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Question: Do you have some suggestions for things I can do to help ensure trouble-free boating this season? Answer: Regardless of whether you haul out for the winter or are fortunate enough to live in a climate with year-round access to the water, whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or hire marine professionals to work on your yacht,

by: Kristina Cherubino, Senior Underwriter, Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Insurance, Spring Commissioning

Monday, March 25, 2019

With boatyards, backyards, marinas, and clubs now coming to life, spring commissioning time has arrived. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right: Before You Launch Inspect and replace hose clamps as necessary. Double-clamp fuel lines and exhaust

tags: Spring Commissioning

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